Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dead at 64

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More albums ensued and sold in multiplatinum quantities - "For Those About to Rock", their last with Lange, "Flick of the Switch", "Fly on the Wall" - but the sound became a bit repetitive and more years elapsed between releases.

"Malcolm Young was my friend and the heart and soul of AC/DC". "From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show". Like several other transplants from the U.K. - AC/DC's polar opposites the Bee Gees, for one - the brothers thrived in the country's burgeoning music scene and George quickly found fame with the Easybeats and their global hits "Friday on My Mind".

Young was a visionary rhythm guitarist, who also served as the band's backing vocalist and songwriter. Guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young was 64 years old.

Today, Angus Young shared a letter on the AC/DC website that read in part: "He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted".

"He took great pride in all that he endeavoured".

"His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed", he wrote.

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Angus Young (L) and Malcolm Young (R) of the Australian rock band AC/DC are pictured September 15, 2000.

The band concludes the message with a simple tribute to Malcolm stating that the guitarist "leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever".

In 2013, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted AC/DC. Young continued touring with the band until 2014, when his dementia diagnosis forced him to leave the band that he'd co-founded and headlined for more than four decades.

According to Rolling Stone's bio of the band, they were formed in 1973, ten years after Angus and Malcolm moved, with their family, from Scotland to Australia.

The "Highway To Hell" rockers posted a second time on Facebook in the same hour, where they stated the iconic musician had been surrounded by his loved ones at the time of his passing. Singer Brian Johnson joined the band in Scott's stead; when Back in Black was released, it went to No. 4 on the Billboard album chart, and eventually sold 22 million copies in the USA alone. Within three years and with vocalist Bon Scott as its frontman, AC/DC had become one of Australia's top acts, with two albums (High Voltage and T.N.T) under its belt, and the group moved to London to pursue worldwide fame.

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